42 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

42 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Fly
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Colombo
— 6 nights
Taxi to Diyawanna Oya, Fly to Kandy
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Kandy
— 6 nights
Drive
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Dambulla
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ella
— 5 nights
Drive
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Arugam Bay
— 4 nights
Drive
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Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Galle
— 7 nights
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Bentota
— 5 nights
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6
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Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Attractions like Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and Vishwa Tharu Spice and Ayurveda Herbal Shop make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Pio Ayurveda Center (in Waikkal) and Negombo (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours & Negombo Beach). Spend the 7th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 11th (Sun) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, admire the masterpieces at The Galleries of Sapumal Foundation, and shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Colombo day trip planner.

Jodhpur, India to Colombo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. When traveling from Jodhpur in October, plan for slightly colder days in Colombo, with highs around 36°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 11:

6
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Kandy

Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kandy: See Lanka Travels (in Waikkal), Kegalle (Millennium Elephant Foundation & Elephant Freedom Project) and Pinnawala (Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage & Mahamevnawa Amadahara Buddhist Monastery Pinnawala). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, admire the sheer force of Ramboda Waterfall, stroll through Riverstone Gap, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kandy trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Colombo to Kandy in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 17:

4
nights
Dambulla

On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Change things up with these side-trips from Dambulla: Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara & Polonnaruwa) and Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya). Spend the 21st (Wed) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's much more to do: Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, delve into the distant past at Sigiriya Fortress, take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Dambulla Cave Temple.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Dambulla road trip planning website.

Drive from Kandy to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 21:

5
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Ella

The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Horton Plains National Park and Safaris. Get out of town with these interesting Ella side-trips: Ohiya (Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail & Devil's Staircase) and Bambarakanda Falls (in Kalupahana). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, take in the exciting artwork at I Love Ceylon Gallery, and indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ella road trip site.

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Ella takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 26:

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Arugam Bay

Attractions like Sage Tours and Arugam Bay make great kid-friendly stops. Spend the 28th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Arugam Bay trip maker site.

You can drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 30:

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Yala National Park

One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Outdoor Activities and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Yala National Park trip planner.

Drive from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park in 3 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 1:

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Udawalawe National Park

One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): surround yourself with nature on Lanka Tracker - Day Tours and then stroll through Elephant Transit Home (ETH).

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Udawalawe National Park tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Yala National Park to Udawalawe National Park in 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 3:
Highlights from your trip

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Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Galle Fort and Sinharaja Forest Reserve. Change things up with these side-trips from Galle: Mirissa (Mirissa Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more), Hikkaduwa (Naga Viharaya, Saffron Robes, &more) and Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Medawatta Beach, view the masterpieces at Tsunami Photo Museum, and look for gifts at Made In Ceylon.

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Traveling by car from Udawalawe National Park to Galle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 3 — 10:

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Bentota

The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Bentota Beach and Sammy Reisen. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bentota: Madugnga Lake (in Balapitiya) and Kalutara (Richmond Castle, Fa Hien Caves, &more). There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, relax and rejuvenate at Samadi Meditation Ashramaya, look for gifts at LankaLIKE, and stroll through Sea Turtle Protection Association.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bentota attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Galle to Bentota takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 10 — 15:

Sri Lanka travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.